By Glenys Furness
- Edmund wins his 2nd challenger title
- Konta wins 10th ITF title
On another good day for British Tennis both Kyle Edmund & Johanna Konta won titles in this week’s ATP Challenger and ITF action.
Edmund as top seed made good use of his wildcard as he progressed through the tournament with relative ease. Beating five American opponents along the way, he faced the second seed in the final today. Edmund set off at a canter and was not letting Bjorn Fratangelo get a sniff of a break, but the Brit managed to get the breaks on the second seed’s service games. Edmund soon had the first set secured with a 6-2 scoreline.
In the second set the Brit again got off to a flying start and was continuing where he had left off in the first set. Claiming an early break Edmund was soon ahead 4-2. Despite the Americans best efforts, he was just unable to get a look in on the Brits serve and soon the match was over and the title won, 6-3 in the second set. Incidentally, this win co-incided with the 10 year anniversary since a certain young Brit by the name of Andy Murray won the title here.
Over in Granby and in the ITF 50K Konta was also in the final here. Konta also the top seed had not dropped a set en route to the final here, so her opponent Stephanie Foretz was trying to end that record. In a similar vein to Edmund, Konta was not letting her French challenger in on her own serve. The Brit took every opportunity she was offered on the Foretz serve and soon the first set was sealed 6-2. In the second set, the French player was playing better, making it harder for the top seed to get a look in on serve. The Brit managed to get a break of serve just when it was needed and took the match 6-2, 6-4 to claim her 10th ITF, and third 50k title. Both Brits will gain ranking points and Edmund will be close to breaking into the top 100.
With consistent results Edmund will be challenging James Ward for the British number three spot again, which can only be good for them both.
You can follow Ward, Liam Broady, Brydan Klein and Edward Corrie next week in the Lexington Challenger, via our Britwatch live scoring service: Live Scores